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Court orders Salas change

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eLECTION Watch 2016
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OUSD Trustee Wayland stays with integrity
Judge orders OUSD candidate Greg Salas to
remove false ballot statements after Wayland takes candidate to court

Orange Unified Trustee Mark Wayland's  last comment of the last agenda item in the last meeting of 2015 (the December 10 meeting) stunned the audience as Wayland announced that for personal health reasons he would be resigning his Trustee position effective December 31, 2015. 

That surprise announcement from Trustee Mark Wayland however led to even bigger December surprises for Greater Orange from the often surprising Wayland.

On December 14th, four days after that last meeting,  Wayland filed a lawsuit against OUSD Area 1 candidate Greg Salas for false candidate ballot statements and then at the end of December-Wayland did not resign as he had announced.

Wayland filed the lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court against candidate Greg Salas for false statements Salas had included in his Candidate Statement and filed with the Orange County Registrar of Voters for the March 1 Special Election for OUSD Area 1 Trustee seat. 

Wayland reported to local media outlets that he had filed the suit when he learned that  Salas falsely listed Wayland as endorsing Salas, and more importantly according to Wayland, Salas filed false and misleading statements for his ballot statement to imply that Salas was an incumbent (i.e. elected) OUSD Board member.

On January 6th,  Wayland won in court when Greg Salas was ordered by Orange County Superior Court Judge Richard Lissebrink to remove the false statements from his Candidate Statement.  

Salas was never elected to the OUSD Board. Salas was ousted as a "provisional trustee"  38 days after his controversial "provisional appointment" in September when a coalition of Greater Orange residents terminated the Salas' appointment with a petition of 3670 signatures-134% more than required within 30 days of the appointment.

After the controversial Salas appointment caused widespread anger throughout Greater Orange against the OUSD Board (and immediately led to the successful petition drive to oust Salas) a hastily called Special OUSD Board Meeting was called one week later on October 1, 2015. The purpose of that meeting was to try and defuse the petition drive to oust Salas by having the OUSD Trustees explain the process that led each to vote on the on the "provisional appointment" to the vacant seat ( OUSD Trustee Kathy Moffat and OUSD Trustee Dr. Alexia Deligianni did not vote for the Salas appointment).

That Special Meeting however only intensified the growing anger over the Salas appointment as OUSD Trustee Timothy Surridge admitted during that meeting that he recruited his friend Salas for the position based on political motivations.  Salas, who had just recently moved to Anaheim Hills from outside of Orange Unified, had never been to any OUSD meeting or event and had never visited any OUSD schools until after being recruited by Surridge shortly before the OUSD vote to appoint Salas.

After being ordered by the Superior Court to change his Candidate Statement, the revised Salas "candidate statement" takes out the false statements ordered by the court, but  continues to try and mislead voters.

The new Salas candidate statement  ( full text below) reads: "I've been an OrangeCountyresident for over 40 years and attended local schools".    What Salas does not tell voters is that 39 of those years were outside of Orange Unified before he moved to Anaheim Hills- and the "local schools" he attended were NOT in Orange Unified and that none of his six children-including the current one still enrolled in high school that he mentions in his statement-never attended Orange Unified schools - because they did not live in Orange Unified.

Salas states that he is "committed to serving on Orange Unified School District's Board"  but does not say that that commitment only started when his friend  OUSD Board Trustee Timothy Surridge actively recruited Salas for a position Salas was not even aware existed- all admittedly because of political motivations.

The Salas statement continues with as Salas (who admittedly was recruited by Surridge based on political motivations) writes: "and I won't let OUSD become a political football for outside special interests."

Having moved into Orange Unified just two years ago, Salas continues to lie with the ballot statement "I've dedicated my life to serving our community."  Salas has never served the local Greater Orange Community in any capacity prior to his attending two OUSD Board meetings of OUSD Board while he was a "provisional trustee".

Finally, Salas writes:
"My leadership and experience have earned me the support of: OUSD Boardmember Rick Ledesma OUSD Boardmember Tim Surridge OUSD Boardmember John Ortega Rancho Santiago Canyon Boardmember Phil Yarbrough"

Of course Surridge admitted that it was his friendship and political motivations that earned his recuritment and endorsement of Salas.

To see what others on the board learned about Salas before the vote- see what Salas himself wrote about his "leadership and experience " on his handwritten OUSD candidate information sheet- CLICK on:
Salas Qualities in his own words

Below is the revised candidate statement Greg Salas was forced to submit after the Superior Court ruled against his false statements in his first ballot statement:


 I've been an OrangeCounty resident for over 40 years and attended local schools.

My wife Elizabeth and I have raised our six children in OrangeCounty, five have graduated and one still attends a local OrangeCounty high school.

I have no desire to seek higher office, I'm committed to serving on OrangeUnifiedSchool District's Board as an advocate for taxpayers, parents, and students. If you elect me to the OUSD Board, I will: Make certain we have the safest schools possible Promote a back to basics education Advance technology education Improve the quality of education in our schools Approve and protect charter schools Ensure responsible spending and complete accountability of taxpayer dollars

I will ensure OUSD serves our children and our community, and I won't let OUSD become a political football for outside special interests.

I've dedicated my life to serving our community.

My leadership and experience have earned me the support of: OUSD Boardmember Rick Ledesma OUSD Boardmember Tim Surridge OUSD Boardmember John Ortega Rancho Santiago Canyon Boardmember Phil Yarbrough

Please join my supporters in voting for Greg Salas for OrangeUnifiedSchool District Governing Board Member.

LINK: Salas Statement

The other candidate for the Area 1 seat is 20 year Anaheim Hills resident Andrea Yamasaki. 

Her Candidate Statement is below with links to the statement and her OUSD candidate information sheet.

Click on: Yamasaki Qualities in her own words 
and Ballot Statement


Restoring trust and confidence in the OrangeUnifiedSchoolBoard among parents, teachers and taxpayers must be a top priority for the Area One Trustee.

My experience, hard work and dedication to OUSD schools have prepared me for the significant educational and economic challenges facing this Board in the critical years ahead.

I am committed to focused efforts in support of a well-rounded education for all students and to maintaining accountability for conservative fiscal management of our resources.

Making OUSD school facilities safer and equipping them for 21st century learning is fundamental to a quality education.
I have devoted over 15,000 volunteer hours serving as President/ Executive board member for several PTAs, and holding leadership positions in advisory councils, Girl Scouts, booster organizations, and numerous community groups.

This experience taught me the value of galvanizing community support in a transparent and proactive manner.

My husband, a technology company executive and retired US Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel, and I share this commitment to service.

We've lived in this community over 20 years with 3 children attending OUSD schools since kindergarten.

Please help me restore trust and confidence in the OUSD Board and put the focus back on students - not party politics!

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